Tina Lewis Rowe

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Highlights For Children Is Still Fun With A Purpose–For Any Age!!

A fun magazine--give it a look!If you have children or grandchildren or if you know or work with someone who does—let them know about HighlightsKids, a website that has puzzles, jokes and a lot more! I like Science in Action and the section on Giggles and Games (it has a “time travel” feature that is interesting.) The site is fun no matter what your age, so give it a look-see.

Also check on the regular Highlights website for things you can print.  My favorite items are the hidden pictures or the find the differences pictures. Here is the link for the page with hidden pictures. Go to the print-friendly version for larger views.  The site also has great ideas for kid parties (some of them are adaptable for fun parties for any age), as well as crafts and decorations. It can give you ideas for making a play area for your children or grandchildren that is as fun and interesting as a library, bookstore or schoolroom.

What does Highlights have to do with professional and personal development?  Remember Goofus and Gallant? They started as elves, in 1951 and have changed their appearances over the years, but the concept has stayed the same: Goofus complains, is rude, self-centered and unappreciative. Gallant is courteous, makes a sincere effort to get along with others, and is a pleasure to have around.  In your workplace who is a Goofus (or Goofette) and who is Gallant?  Does your training, corrective action, mentoring and evaluations correctly reflect the differences in those employees?

Which one are you–consistently,  dependably and definitely? Now and then critique your actions or conversations and decide how the situation would have been portrayed by Goofus and Gallant, in Highlights.  Fun with a purpose!



The first Goofus and Gallant-1951. By Dr. Garry Myers and Marion Hammel.

December 21st, 2009 Posted by | Personal and Professional Development | 6 comments


  1. Dear Tina, I too have enjoyed Highlights, but I had forgotten about Goofus and Gallant. I think I will have to use that myself sometime soon.

    I wanted you to know I’ve enjoyed your site more than usual in the last few months. Every article has been thought provoking and interesting. Your use of photos is inpsired. I consider you to be one of my Christmas gifts! Mine to you is a daily, sometimes more often, prayer for your life and work.

    This week I am praying that you have a time of blessings, peace and love as you remember your Savior’s birth.

    Comment by Don R. | December 22, 2009

  2. I LOVE HIGHLIGHTS! I buy a subscription for my two nieces every year and we do the pages together. I haven’t looked at the website and just now did. Now I have something to do at night when I’m waiting for the next shift to arrive! LOL Just kidding, just kidding, I’ll wait until I get home. Merry Christmas, from Mike and me and Phyllis!

    Comment by denisek | December 22, 2009

  3. I’m off until after the first of the month so figured I’d better wish you a good holiday time. Lo and behold you are writing about one of the few magazines I enjoy. Give me Highlights over People, Us or National Enquirer any day. Thank you for everything this year and I’m looking forward to seeing you in Laramie or Cheyenne next year.

    Comment by wiseacre | December 22, 2009

  4. Tina says: To all of you….your comments are very appreciated. When I see your comments on a post, I feel like I’ve had a Christmas gift!

    Don–Thank you, as always, for your thoughtfulness and kindness.
    Denise–I’d better not find out you are looking at the Highlights website at work…well, not much anyway.
    Wiseacre–I’ll hope to see you soon. I’ll be there in April for sure.

    Again, thank you. Have a wonderful holiday time and start your new year feeling upbeat and positive!

    Comment by TLR | December 22, 2009

  5. Are you going to re-publish the one about cranberry sauce?

    Comment by V.K. | December 26, 2009

  6. Tina says: Oh my! I had thought that one should fade away into the history of goofy (not Goofus)Tina memories!

    I’ll find it in the archives and publish it in the next few days, just for you, V.!

    Comment by TLR | December 26, 2009

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